The Jordan-Israel Center for Community, Environment & Research (JICCER, جسر)
The Jordan-Israel Center for Community, Environment & Research, a new center at the Arava Institute, will support the wellbeing of the natural and human systems of the Arava Valley through cross-border community initiatives and research. The center aims to “reopen the bridges” between the southern Jordanian and Israeli communities through research, capacity building and policy engagement for regional, environmental and sustainable development.
JICCER’s activities include cross-border projects in the fields of ecotourism, environmental education, women’s cooperatives and empowerment, agriculture and land-use management, and community-based environmental systems and technologies.
JICCER is co-directed by Arava Institute alumni Suleiman Halasah (Jordan) and Rina Kedem (Israel).